Paper News and Gossip: Chelsea vs. Arsenal Fallout, Man Utd 'Seal' Carvalho
The fallout from a Premier League match usually centres around results and analysis, but Chelsea's six-goal rout of Arsenal has been dominated by the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs by referee Andre Marriner in the Sunday newspapers.
Marriner sent off the Arsenal defender after 15 minutes of the game for handling Eden Hazard's effort at goal, despite Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being the guilty party and confessing to the official.
Elsewhere, Manchester United have agreed a fee of £37 million with Sporting for the transfer of William Carvalho in the summer, claims one report.
But who else is making the headlines on Sunday? Read on to find out more.
Andre Marriner Apologises as Jose Mourinho Calls for Video Technology
Referee Andre Marriner has apologised to Arsenal for mistakenly sending off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the Gunners' 6-0 defeat at Chelsea, reports Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror.
The England international was clearly viewed sticking out a hand to prevent Eden Hazard's effort on goal, but the match official dismissed Gibbs in error instead.
A statement released by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited read:
Andre is an experienced referee and is obviously disappointed that an error of mistaken identity was made in this case.
Incidents of mistaken identity are very rare and are often the result of a number of different technical factors.
Whilst this was a difficult decision Andre is disappointed that he failed to identify the correct player.
He expressed his disappointment to Arsenal when he was made aware of the issue.
Marriner is likely to face a demotion from Premier League duty as a result, but Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the mistake highlights the need for video technology to help officials, reports Andrew Dillon of the Sun On Sunday (subscription required).
Mourinho is quoted as saying:
The sending-off is big ammunition for people like me, who think that one little screen in front of the fourth official is a big help against this kind of mistake.
The important thing is the penalty was a penalty and there was a red card, even if they didn’t know who.
After that it would be nice for the ref to have technology. A little screen would show it was Chamberlain not Gibbs. It is the kind of mistake no referee wants to make.
Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey told the Sun On Sunday that no red card should have been awarded, as Hazard's shot was not goal-bound.
To start with, it is not a red card for deliberate handball in the box if the shot is not going directly into the back of the net.
Players can only be given their marching orders if they deny a clear goalscoring opportunity, which in this case it is not as the ball is going wide.
Arsene Wenger Fails to Attend Press Briefing After Mourinho Wrecks 1,000th Party
In amidst the refereeing controversy, Chelsea dismantled Arsenal in a six-goal rout to wreck celebrations for Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge of the team.
But the Gunners boss did not attend the post-match media briefing, reports Ben Burrows of the Sunday Mirror.
With the press eagerly anticipating his arrival for his post-match thoughts they were shocked to be greeted by a member of the club's media team instead.
Extraordinarily they said the bus had to leave which meant Wenger couldn't complete his media duties.
Wenger did, however, conduct an interview with broadcast media, which Burrows also reported.
The Arsenal manager is quoted as saying:
This defeat is my fault, I take full responsibility for it.
I don't think there's too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. We got a good hiding today.
It's one of the worst days (in my career). It's over after 20 minutes and it's a long game after that. You don't prepare all week to experience that kind of experience.
Rob Shepherd of the Mail On Sunday claims that Wenger's long reign at Arsenal could be heading toward its end.
Manchester United 'Agree' Deal for Sporting Defender William Carvalho
Manchester United have agreed a £37 million transfer with Sporting for defensive midfielder William Carvalho, reports Steve Bates of the Sunday People.
According to the article, Carvalho's agent was given a guided tour of United's training facilities last week, and the move will be completed before the Portugal international travels to Brazil for the World Cup finals.
Meanwhile, United manager David Moyes will be targeting the Premier League title and silverware at the club next season, reports Derick Allsop of the Sunday Mirror.
Moyes is quoted as saying:
We are building already, with my thoughts and vision for next year. In every game we have to start looking to that. We need to be in there competing for titles next year.
That’s what this club has done and all the other clubs have had periods where they haven’t been competing for titles.
There is an added importance if you win big games and it’s something we’ve not done often enough this season.
Liverpool Striker Daniel Sturridge Set to 'Double' Wages as Reds Eye Luke Shaw
Liverpool are poised to offer striker Daniel Sturridge a new deal which will double his current wages, report Alan Nixon and Neil Moxley of the Sunday People.
The England international has formed a potent partnership with Luis Suarez up front for the Reds this season, and the Anfield club wants to ensure Sturridge does not feel like a poor relation to the Uruguayan, claims the article.
According to the report, Suarez's deal sees him earning £200,000 per week, while Sturridge is currently on £70,000 per week, and the Liverpool hierarchy wants to address that difference.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is eyeing a summer move for Southampton defender Luke Shaw, reports Paul Collins of the Mail On Sunday.
David Silva Wants to Stay at Manchester City for UCL Win, Despite Barca Interest
Manchester City midfielder David Silva wants to stay at the Etihad Stadium to win the Champions League despite reported interest from Barcelona, claims Derick Allsop of the Sunday Mirror.
The Spain international has been a first-team regular for City since joining the club from Valencia in 2010.
Silva is quoted as saying:
I’m very used to the rumours every summer. They have been around a long time.
It’s the way football works, just rumours. I’m very happy at Manchester City and I think that shows on the pitch as well.
The first thing is that I want to win the Premier League this year. And then I want to win the Champions League. We want to get bigger every year, regardless of what is happening at Manchester United.
I think this is the most exciting City team I have played in. That attacking style helps, not just for me, but for all the players to go forward and score more goals.
I ask myself in every game to be the one to take responsibility. I enjoy creating goals more than scoring them.
Everton Manager Roberto Martinez Linked with Barcelona If Gerardo Martino Leaves
Everton manager Roberto Martinez will be a surprise name on Barcelona's shortlist to replace Gerardo Martino if the current Camp Nou boss leaves the club at the end of the season, reports Joe Bernstein of the Mail On Sunday.
The former Wigan manager has earned plaudits for a successful first season in charge at Goodison Park, after replacing David Moyes in the summer.
And Martinez's style of play has not gone unnoticed by Barcelona, claims Bernstein.
Meanwhile, Marinez has been linked with a summer move for Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, reports Steve Millar of the Daily Star Sunday.
Wayne Rooney's West Ham Wonder Goal 'Better' Than Beckham's Says Striker
Wayne Rooney's wonder goal for Manchester United in the win at West Ham received plenty of attention in the Sunday newspapers.
Rooney is quoted as saying:
It was just instinct. I turned, had a quick look and saw the keeper off the line. I've tried it many times and thankfully it went in.
It is up there with my best. I would not say it is my favourite, but when they come off it is great for me and the team.
And when he was asked if it was better than Beckham's famous lob of Neil Sullivan in 1996, Rooney smiled as he said: "Of course, yeah."
Bits and Pieces: Ashley Cole, Loic Remy, Victor Valdes, Donald Bell
Monaco are the latest club to be linked with a move for Chelsea defender Ashley Cole along with Real Madrid, report Alan Nixon and Tom Hopkinson of the Sunday People.
But Stamford Bridge striker Samuel Eto'o is also poised to leave, as he is still angry with manager Jose Mourinho over his recent age jibe, claims Charlie Wyett of the Sun On Sunday.
Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy would jump at the chance to join Arsenal in the summer, reports Alan Oliver of the Sunday People.
The Gunners are also interested in bringing Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to the Emirates Stadium, claims Rob Beasley of the Sun On Sunday.
Nick Harris of the Mail On Sunday tells the extraordinary tale of Donald Bell, who was the first professional footballer to volunteer for service in the First World War.
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